“That is really bad”: Trump, Child Slavery and the Allure of Innocence

Donald Trump, at some point during his visit to the National Museum of African American History and Culture, was shown a pair of manacles designed to shackle a child. His quoted response to the horrors conjured by the cruelly shaped metal—“That is really bad”—was roundly criticized as insufficient. Which, of course, it was. No responseContinue reading ““That is really bad”: Trump, Child Slavery and the Allure of Innocence”

Ebola, Zombies and Our Viral Past

The horror stories about Ebola seem to be proliferating as quickly as the disease itself. International newspapers and even governmental edicts speak of zombies. Here in the US, Twitter is ablaze with conspiracies tying Ebola to infiltrating immigrants. On the airwaves, Laura Ingram and Rush Limbaugh accuse President Obama of deliberately sacrificing US interests toContinue reading “Ebola, Zombies and Our Viral Past”

The Happy Slave: or, Khaleesi’s American Dilemma

There are no robots in the world of Game of Thrones, but the Unsullied—an army of slave boys trained into finely honed killing machines–come as close to cyborgs as one can get with medieval tech. For Daenerys Targaryen, who desires the highest throne in the world, but who is horrified by the rape, pillage and murder thatContinue reading “The Happy Slave: or, Khaleesi’s American Dilemma”